Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Campfires In Winter - Ischaemia

Ischaemia is the first album from Scotland's Campfires In Winter, and it is the perfect debut long-player from one of the finest post punk bands of which you may never have heard.  Over the course of a few shorter recordings the band proved that it could pack a weighty punch with epic rocking tunes as well as quiet and intimate songs.  What Ischaemia proves is that Campfires In Winter is more than capable of maintaining consistently superb songwriting and performances over the course of an album, with intense, fully detailed songs of grace, intelligence and power.

Lead track "Kopfkino" deserves showcase status, and with the following "Free Me From the Howl" I was in love with the album after two songs.  But for me the beating heart of Ischaemia is the run of "Greeted By The Storm", "Eating All The Bodies", "Twelve Thousand Drops", "The Sky Is Taking On Light", and "With A Ragged Diamond".  It is a five-song streak that will rival any such run on any album released this year.  Can a debut album be a greatest hits album?  Maybe so ...

Campfires In Winter are Robert Canavan (lead vocals/lead guitar), Wullie Crainey (bass), Scott McArthur (keys/guitar), and Ewan Denny (drums).  Ischaemia is out on Friday, February 24, in vinyl, CD and digital formats via Glasgow's Olive Grove Records.

Olive Grove's Bandcamp page for Ischaemia

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